The second day of racing on the CIC-Tour Féminin Worldwide des Pyrénées ought to have targeted on an epic, laborious day of racing for the ladies’s professional peloton with 82km propelling 24 groups to a ultimate 13.3km showdown on the legendary ski resort, Hautacam. As an alternative, rider protests over a plethora of security considerations abbreviated the true racing to only a hill climb.
Again up in the future to the opening stage of the CIC-Tour Féminin Worldwide des Pyrénées. What ought to have been a simple, flat day of racing for 136 professional girls within the area on Friday was a minefield of hazards. Random automobiles have been allowed to maneuver towards the peloton on a closed course, parked automobiles and vehicles cluttered the ending roads and pedestrians have been allowed to arbitrarily wander forwards and backwards throughout the sector of play. Riders have been pressured to weave round some visitors within the ultimate two kilometres.
Harmful outcomes might have been averted in these moments, however lingering considerations and questions on security generated a firestorm of in a single day negotiations, led by Adam Hansen, president of the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA). The top of the riders’ union held late-night negotiations with groups, UCI officers and race organisers, saying that the organisers would put “totally different measures” in place for stage 2, specifically further police motorbikes to comb the course and remove risks.
“11:30pm and eventually spoken to everybody…. There was a name this night with the Organiser, workforce consultant, @women_cpa and myself. The organiser is placing in several measures for tomorrow to have extra Police motorbikes. The groups and the @cpacycling push for assure’s for the protection of the ladies. After the decision I spoke to the UCI to replace on the scenario of our name and tomorrow you’ll hear extra. Good luck and keep secure,” Hansen wrote on social media after stage 1.
He then posted a second Tweet on Saturday morning thanking all events concerned in negotiations – CPA Girls consultant Alex Cappellotto, groups’ consultant Jolien D’hoore, the UCI and the race organiser, Affiliation Française des Coureures Cyclistes. He once more mentioned “I hope all goes effectively.”
His hopes didn’t maintain for lengthy. The primary 25km of Saturday’s stage 2 have been neutralised, making the shortest route of the three-day stage race, initially 96km, even shorter. Riders have been nonetheless involved about what security measures have been in place for the second day of racing, particularly the elevated variety of motorbikes now in shut proximity to the peloton.
Then racing commenced, however for less than about 28km earlier than the peloton got here to a whole cease on the course. Extra roadside discussions ensued relating to the way wherein the motorbikes handed by way of the peloton, many riders saying the motos have been shifting dangerously.
After a dialogue with officers, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Human Powered Well being) addressed the peloton to say riders would proceed in one other impartial procession to the foot of the end climb and race from there. The race commissioners have been famous as saying, “Security was met all through the route” and “It was determined to renew noting that if they didn’t proceed it will depend as abandonment”.
Nevertheless, Eurosport/ GCN cameras caught sight of a rider signalling a stray automotive parked on the course because the peloton sped by way of a populated space with 21.2km to go.
Stage 2 in the end reached a completion with Marta Cavalli (FDJ SUEZ) profitable atop the Hautacam, and dethroning Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (AG Insurance coverage-Soudal Quickstep) because the race chief.
Stage 3 was scheduled to proceed as deliberate for the ultimate day of racing Sunday, 126km from Nay to Bosdarros. Cavalli carried a three-second lead over Moolman-Pasio for the GC title, and Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon-SRAM) eight seconds again.
Adam Hansen tweet after stage 1:
Because of the scenario of yesterday in Stage one, of the CIC-Tour Féminin Worldwide des Pyrénées, all of us got here to an settlement. I would really like thank @women_cpa (@AlexCappellotto), @UCI_cycling, groups consultant @JolienDhoore and the organiser. I recognize the additional steps. I… pic.twitter.com/78gwEBGkZIJune 10, 2023
Tweets throughout stage 2 when riders stopped:
🚗 “La seguridad se cumplía a lo largo del recorrido”🚴♀️ “Se decidió reanudar advirtiendo que si no seguían contaría como abandono”🧐 “La carrera se reemprendió en condiciones seguras”🙏 Así explican los comisarios la situación en Pyrénées#EsenciaCiclista #TourPyrenees pic.twitter.com/KzvsGlt1XNJune 10, 2023
🧐 Aquí el momento en el que Audrey Cordon-Ragot explica lo que va a suceder en la 2ª etapa del Tour des Pyrénées🏔️ Neutralización hasta la ascensión a Hautacam, aquella que no quiera seguir constará como abandono #EsenciaCiclista #TourPyrenees #CICTourFéminin pic.twitter.com/RRfdcJs8g8June 10, 2023